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change. that's at 6:00. >> the "cbs evening news" is next. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> axelrod: bullets fly and fear builds in phoenix. there's been yet another highway shooting. >> i was freaking out, like, oh, my god, this is a bullet hole. >> axelrod: also tonight, it's getting nasty and quite personal. trump attacks fiorina. jindal tracks trump. >> he's a narcissist, an ego main aiac. >> and deflate trump ego. do you know these guys? >> axelrod: she fought a losing battle in california for the right to die. her husband is now taking up the cause. and we could have a new branch of our family tree. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> axelrod: good evening. scott's on assignment. i'm jim axelrod.
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and this is our western edition. and we begin tonight with some breaking news. on this eve of another september 11, federal officials say they have broken up a plot for a terror attack. the target-- a 9/11 memorial event in kansas city. homeland security correspondent jeff pegues has the latest on the arrest of a florida man and what he was allegedly planning. jeff? >> reporter: jim, investigators say the target was an annual event called the kansas city stair climb which was set to take place on sunday and was in honor of the 9/11 attacks. according to investigators, 20- year-old josh goldberg was online recruiting people to carry out attacks. he had been under surveillance for weeks and was unaware he was actually talking to an informant. according to court papers, in one monitored conversation, goldberg told the informant to build a pressure cooker bomb much like the ones used in the boston marathon bombing, and he instructed the informant to, "put as much sharp stuff" as you can in there. the two discussed targets but a bomb was never built. law enforcement initially
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thought that goldberg was in australia and he was also on the radar of australian police. but, jim, it turns out goldberg florida. >> axelrod: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom, thank you. in what officials are calling another case of domestic terror, police in phoenix confirm a delivery truck was shot at today. that's now at least 11 vehicles that have come under fire on or near the i-10 in the past two weeks. and investigators say they may be dealing with more than one gunman. mireya villarreal is there. >> reporter: arizona state highway troopers are now offering a $20,000 reward for any leads on the shootings that have left this city terrified. >> very scary, very horrible. i-- i hope they catch the person. >> reporter: the victims range from a 13-year-old girl to a father of two. robert mcdonald, one of the earlier victims, is speaking out to help warn drivers. >> this is terrorism. this is terrorizing the city of phoenix, and the phoenix metro area. that's what this is. >> reporter: the 11 confirmed
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shootings are along a 15-mile riretch of interstate 10. some drivers tell us they are changing their routes. others don't have that luxury. >> we have to take that, that freeway. i mean, there's not really much we can do. i mean, we're always on it, i mean, it's scary, but i just try not to think about it. >> reporter: 11 cars have been targets so far, but troopers are now saying that in only seven of those cases, bullets were found. jim, in the rest, weapons are actually being called "unknown projectiles" for now. >> axelrod: mireya, thank you. tonight, the presidential campaign trail is covered with mud. republican front-runner donald trump started it off by criticizing the appearance of carly fiorina. then bobby jindal went after trump's hair, comparing it to a squirrel. and it didn't end there. here's major garrett. >> reporter: louisiana governor bobby jindal, no more than a blip in polls for the g.o.p. nomination, today declared front-runner donald trump unfit
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for the white house. >> the reality of trump is what is crazy. he's a narcissist. he's an egomaniac. he's not a serious candidate. >> reporter: i've met a lot of politicians. almost all of them at one level or another are narcissists and egomaniacs. >> look, donald trump is in a category all by himself. he's entertaining, he's fun to watch but he doesn't believe in anything other than donald trump. >> reporter: asked for comment, trump told us: >> reporter: do you believe donald trump is a man of serious religious conviction? >> i don't think he's read the bible. the reason i don't think he's read the bible. he's not in the bible. i don't think he reads books where he's not in them. >> reporter: jindal was the second candidate in as many days to discuss trump's religious conviction. this was neurosurgeon ben carson last night. >> that's a very big part of who i am, humility and the fear of the lord. i don't get that impression with him. >> reporter: in the latest cnn national poll of republicans,
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trump and carson were the only candidates in double digits, and trump's support among key voting blocs is increasing. in less than a month his support among g.o.p. women has gone from 20% to 33%, this despite a history of disparaging comments about women. speaking to "rolling stone" magazine, trump said of carly fiorina, "look at that face. would anyone vote for that?" fiorina responded during an appearance on fox news with megyn kelly, who trump has also ridiculed. >> well, i think those comments speak for themselves, and all the many, many, many thousands of voters out there that are helping me climb in the polls, yes, they're very serious. >> reporter: trump said he was referring to fiorina's persona, and not her face, despite using that exact word. carson also said he meant no offense to trump, but, jim, governor jindal is happy to take on what he calls the trump carnival, a calculated effort to bring attention to what has so far been an attention-starved campaign.
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>> axelrod: major, thank you. now to the democrats. hillary clinton's once- commanding lead in iowa has evaporated. a new poll out today finds senator bernie sanders has rmlled into a virtual tie with the former secretary of state. and other polls have sanders ahead in new hampshire. nancy cordes now on the sanders surge. >> we stand with bernie! we stand with bernie! s reporter: until recently, bernie sanders was considered such a long shot, he hadn't been endorsed by a single member of congress, despite his 24 years here. but no one's calling him a long shot now. are you starting to see signs that the democratic establishment is taking you more seriously, either in the ways that they help you or work against you? >> i think we have a whole lot of momentum in this campaign. what we are now going to be doing is starting to put some resources into states beyond iowa, beyond new hampshire, states that will be coming up on super tuesday. >> reporter: sanders has surged
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in part because of his liberal leanings. >> i am a proud progressive. >> reporter: so are nearly six in 10 of the democrats quinnipiac polled in iowa. 57% describe themselves as very or somewhat liberal, compared to 36% who describe themselves as moderate, as his opponent hillary clinton did in ohio today. >> you know, i get accused of being kind of moderate and center. i plead guilty. >> reporter: that could help her in a general election. but for now, sanders is exciting the base. >> we need an economy for working families, not just for billionaires. ( applause ) >> reporter: so clinton has begun using this subtle dig to remind voters that sanders considers himself not a democrat but a socialist. >> i am proud to be a democrat. i am a true democrat. >> reporter: the clinton camp argues it's organization, not just energy, that wins elections. they now have 80 paid operatives in iowa alone, nearly as many
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people, jim, as the sanders campaign employs nationwide. >> axelrod: nancy, thank you. president obama now says he wants the united states to take in 10,000 syrian refugees next year. that is a small fraction of the thousands pouring into europe day after day, hoping to settle in countries like germany, but facing enormous obstacles along the way. charlie d'agata is following their journey. >> reporter: today, the weather turned against them, too. blasted by torrential rain, the migrants were beaten back by border guards in macedonia. and yet they kept going, wave after wave, trying to reach northern europe before hungary closes its border. today, the hungarian government sent more soldiers as reinforcements. a lot has changed, and it's only been about a week since we were last here. then, this field was almost empty. now it is filled with migrants
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and some people who have come to help them. it's been raining throughout the day, and it's going to get much colder tonight. there are also more community groups and volunteers who have come to help. simone deibler is from austria. >> it's a mess. for me, the worst is that there are so many families and so little, little children, and for the children, it's really bad. >> reporter: the migrants are given food and some clean clothes, but not much direction. josef nicola just arrived from syria with three-year-old daughter ucelia. he told us he wants to get to germany but he's afraid of being herded into refugee camps, where migrants get trapped. even as cold and rainy as it is tonight, jim, people are still arriving, and europe is still struggling to come up with a cohesive answer to the crisis. hungary is readying its soldiers, austria has temporarily stopped its trains,
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while sweden and germany are still welcoming migrants. >> axelrod: charlie d'agata, thank you. new york city's police commissioner said today the takedon of former tennis star james blake was all a mistake and he's sorry about it. but vinita nair reports that may not be the end of it. >> i have concerns about the takedown. >> reporter: after publicly apologizing to blake, police commissioner bill bratton explained why one of his officers has been temporarily stripped of his gun and badge, pending an internal investigation. >> but the use of force was such that i'm comfortable that it's me the best interest of the department to place the officer on modified assignment until the investigation moves forward. >> reporter: the incident happened wednesday afternoon outside blake's manhattan hotel. police officers were investigating a credit card fraud ring, and blake matched a photo of one of the suspects. then an informant also fingered blake. >> and that gives the officer the probable cause to make the arrest. >> reporter: the former tennis player said he suffered minor cuts and bruises during the
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arrest. hours later, blake said he that the n.y.p.d. officer used excessive force. >> reporter: did he say anything to you before this happened? >> no, no, he just rushed me. >> reporter: both blake and bratton say they believe race was not a factor in the incident. the two recently spoke and bratton had the chance to personally apologize. >> axelrod: the california senate is expected to vote tomorrow on whether to give terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help. four states currently allow this. california's bill is based on an oregon law which authorizes doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to patients expected to live less than six months. dr. jon lapook takes a closer look. >> reporter: after four years of radiation, chemotherapy, and multiple surgeries, 51-year-old elizabeth wallner is still fighting cancer that has invaded her colon, lungs, and liver. >> well, i call it whack-a-mole cancer now because we beat it back and it pops up somewhere else.
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>> reporter: she's also fought the state of california, suing for the right to end her life when she chooses. >> i've experienced just unimaginable pain and fear, and i don't see any value in my last days being spent gasping for breath or writhing in pain. >> that, of course, is from our wedding day. >> reporter: that is a fear dan diaz knows well. last year, diaz's wife, brittany maynard, became the face of the right-to-die debate. she was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 29, then moved with her husband from california to oregon. >> how dare the government make decisions or limit options for terminally ill people like me. >> she was simply saying it's ridiculous that as californians, we have to leave home, drive 600 miles north, in the middle of her being told that she is dying from a brain tumor? r:body should have to do that. >> reporter: just weeks before she ended her life, diaz made his wife a promise.
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>> see if we can get legislation passed so that nobody else has to go through what she went through. >> reporter: what did you say to her? >> the answer is, yeah. >> reporter: he quit his job and became a full-time advocate for the right-to-die movement in california. in oregon, from 1998-2014, more than 125,000 patients died from cancer. 668 took a physician-prescribed lethal dose of medication. >> you apply for that medication, you secure it, and you put it in the cupboard and you keep fighting. you just have that there as a last resort. >> reporter: marilyn golden is a disability rights advocate and part of a coalition of medical and religious groups who oppose the bill. >> if the insurer denies, or merely delays someone's expensive, life-sustaining treatment, they are being steered towards hastening their deaths. do we really think insurers will do the right thing or the cheap thing? >> i'm keeping my promise to
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brittany and fulfilling that promise, but it certainly is bittersweet. >> reporter: diaz told me, for him, this doesn't stop in california. he'd like to see this option available for terminally ill patients across the country. at the same time, there are people on the other side of this issue who feel just as strongly, so we have certainly not heard the end of this debate. >> axelrod: dr. jon lapook with some powerful reporting. jon, thank you very much. the discovery of what may be a distant cousin could shake our family tree. deadly floods in japan wash away homes and leave people stranded. and, pluto is ready for a new close-up, when the "cbs evening news" continues. tylenol® 8hr arthritis pain has two layers of pain relief. the first is fast. the second lasts all day. we give you your day back. what you do with it is up to you. tylenol®. you...and itchy eyes.more than sneezing... they also bring tough nasal congestion. so you need claritin-d.
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>> reporter: they were called underground astronauts, descending to new frontiers deep underground, so deep that only those cavers skinny enough to crawl through the cramped warren of caves were hired. >> it's becca at base one. i've landed. >> how does it look in there? >> reporter: directing the team from above was lee berger, renowned american paleontologist. >> all right, go get him. >> reporter: squeezing through cracks as small as 7.5 inches, the cavers worked in claustrophobic conditions with over 99% humidity. >> the operation itself was outrageously dangerous. just because no one died speaks more to our preparation than it does the danger. >> reporter: berger has named the fossils homo naledi, which means star in a local language. it doesn't look like anything we've seen before. >> it's got a tiny head and ape- like body but arms and legs that are very, very human like, something completely unexpected. and we found it in incredible abundance. >> reporter: berger says he's
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>> axelrod: now, quotations from candidate trump. "i like china." "i understand the chinese mind." "i beat china all the time." donald trump does like talking about china, but what are the chinese saying about him? we sent seth doane to find out. >> china, taking our jobs,
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taking our money. >> reporter: donald trump takes aim at china. >> china just devalued their currency. >> reporter: a lot. do you know this person? but nearly 7,000 miles away we took trump's picture into the hutongs, narrow alleyways in the heart of beijing. most here had never heard of him. she's saying bu zhidao, "i don't know." >> jeb bush? >> reporter: no, this is not jeb bush. how about another guess? >> joe biden. >> reporter: when we explained some of trump's criticism to this finance student simon xu, he thought some of it might actually be a backhanded compliment. >> reporter: we tried for an official reaction at the ministry of foreign affairs. how does china's government view this? "we understand that in the united states, people enjoy the right to make all kinds of
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remarks, but what's important to e is the policies adopted by the u.s. government." china's government-backed "global times" wasn't so diplomatic. >> i don't wear a toupee. it's my hair! >> his hair, it defies gravity. >> reporter: stand-up comedian evan zhou told us he sees plenty of opportunities with trump, even in a country where comedians don't stray far from government-approved speech. >> this is the first time when we can maybe keep in line with the government. >> reporter: making fun of donald trump? >> yes. >> reporter: most here simply see it for what it is-- a campaign for votes. seth doane, cbs news, beijing. >> axelrod: and that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm jim axelrod. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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captioned by bay area jail becomes a crime scene. new at 6:00, our first look inside after the alleged murders of an unmate by deputies. >> no ac on some buses. how ac transit who gets to ride in comfort and who has to sweat it out. >> thousands people helping kick off the nfl season in san francisco as we countdown to super bowl 50. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. as san francisco transforms itself into super bowl city a lot of people want to know where will all the homeless go? the city wants them out. kpix 5's mike sugerman found out the feds may have something to say about that. mike. >> reporter: well, veronica, boise, idaho passed a law that says it's illegal to sleep outside on city streets. the federal government says no, it's not.
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it asked a federal judge to overturn that law. it sounded like what san francisco plans to do during the super bowl. so we went to find out. last month ed lee told phil lee the homeless wouldn't be allowed to be outside during the super bowl festivities. >> they will have to leave the streets. >> reporter: a recent justice department opinion said it's unconstitutional to jail someone sleeping on the street. >> i believe that the best touch is not so much the police duties of moving people. >> what do you do when they don't move? >> well, we ask them what do they need? >> reporter: you're talking around this. what do you do when someone doesn't want to leave the street and the justice department says you can't put them in jail? >> we dialogue until we get to the right result. >> reporter: police know dialogue doesn't work and looked at the justice department opinion. >> i'm on the street. i'm sleeping. you come up to me and say you have to leave. i'm not

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